Norwegian Jazz and Choral Worlds Collide: KSS Collaborates with Ellen Andrea Wang for Virgin Mary-Inspired Album

For decades, Norway has been known as a hub for groundbreaking and innovative music, with artists pushing boundaries and redefining traditional genres. And one of the most talked-about releases in this thriving music scene is “Magnificat” – the latest album from Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening (KSS), one of Norway’s most esteemed female choirs. 

Under the direction of conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde, KSS has solidified their status as a leader in the choral world, captivating audiences with their seamless blend of harmonies and powerful performances. And with their latest release, they have taken a bold new direction, collaborating with two of Norway’s most trendsetting jazz musicians – double bassist Ellen Andrea Wang and saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg. But what truly sets “Magnificat” apart is the fact that it marks Wang’s debut as a composer for a choir. Inspired by the Virgin Mary, Wang has created a stunning and deeply moving choral piece that beautifully captures the emotions and experiences of Mary as she prepares to give birth to a child. 

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Drawing from the Gospel of Luke and Catholic Church liturgy, “Magnificat” is a testament to the power and resilience of women, something that has been overlooked in the music industry for far too long. During its premiere at the 2021 Molde Jazz Festival, “Magnificat” received rave reviews, with Wang being joined by her fellow performers – KSS choir, saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg, and vocalist and saxophonist. The songs were arranged by Wang and Kjetil Bjerkestrand, with additional contributions from Paulsberg, making it a truly collaborative effort. This album marks KSS’s sixth release on the prestigious LAWO Classics label, cementing their status as a leading female choir not just in Norway, but worldwide. Their dedication to showcasing the works of female composers and their breathtaking performances have won them a loyal fanbase, who eagerly await each new release. And “Magnificat” is no different. With its seamless blend of jazz and choral harmonies, it is a must-have for any music lover, regardless of their preferred genre. It is a powerful and poignant tribute to the Virgin Mary, but also to the strength and talent of female musicians as a whole. 

So if you are looking for a truly exceptional and moving listening experience, we highly recommend giving “Magnificat” a listen. Let KSS and their collaborators take you on a journey through the voices of angels and the empowering perspective of a woman. Trust us; you won’t regret it.

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